Walk (Foo Fighters song)

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"Walk"
Single by Foo Fighters
from the album Wasting Light
Released June 17, 2011
Format Digital download
Recorded September 6–December 21, 2010 in Dave Grohl's garage
Genre
Length 4:16
Label RCA
Writer(s) Foo Fighters (Dave Grohl, Taylor Hawkins, Nate Mendel, Chris Shiflett, Pat Smear)
Producer(s) Butch Vig
Foo Fighters singles chronology
"White Limo"
(2011)
"Walk"
(2011)
"Arlandria"
(2011)
Music video
Walk on YouTube

"Walk" is a song by American rock band Foo Fighters, released as the second single from their seventh studio album Wasting Light. It was written by Dave Grohl and co-produced by Butch Vig.

Release and reception[edit]

The song was released on June 6, 2011 to rock radio. No physical CD single was released; it is only a digital downloadable single. The song reached number one on the Billboard Rock Songs chart on July 20, 2011, dethroning the album's previous single "Rope", giving the band their third number one single on the chart - the most on the chart so far. On February 12, 2012, the song won two awards at the 54th Grammy Awards for Best Rock Performance and Best Rock Song. They also performed the song live at the Grammys.

Song information[edit]

According to Dave Grohl, he came up with the verse about "having a trial" after the time he was helping his first daughter Violet Maye on "learning to walk", and eventually she was able to walk on her own. The song was supposed to be on the previous studio album Echoes, Silence, Patience & Grace, but Dave decided to put the final version as the last track of Wasting Light because it "sort of makes sense to the album's theme of time and second chances" and to "end the record on a positive note".[1]

Music video[edit]

The music video appeared on YouTube on June 2, 2011.[2] The video, directed by Sam Jones, was the second video released from Wasted Light, and is a parody of Joel Schumacher's 1993 movie Falling Down.[3][4]

In 2011, the video won Best Rock Video at the 2011 MTV Video Music Awards.[5]

Track listing[edit]

Digital download
No. Title Length
1. "Walk"   4:15

In pop culture[edit]

  • Despite not being included on the soundtrack, "Walk" can be heard in the background of the bar scene and in the end credits to the 2011 superhero film Thor.
  • HBO aired a promo featuring the song to promote their 2011 Summer/Fall programming line up
  • The song was made as downloadable content for the videogames Rock Band 3 and Rocksmith.
  • WWE used "Walk" in a video package for Edge's induction into the 2012 WWE Hall of Fame. Edge, who is a huge fan of the band, thanked Foo Fighters in his acceptance speech for providing their music and later decided to play the song again after he said he wanted real rock n' roll to close out the ceremony because he got sick and tired of listening to the Hall of Fame music WWE plays.
  • A.J. Ellis of the Los Angeles Dodgers uses the song when he walks up to bat.
  • The song was featured in the documentary Warren Miller's ...Like There's No Tomorrow.
  • In the opening chapter of The Dresden Files novel Cold Days, the title character talks about remembering his physical rehabilitation in Arctis Tor as a montage set to "Walk".

Charts[edit]

Chart (2011) Peak
position
Australia (ARIA)[6] 57
Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40)[7] 49
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)[8] 25
Belgium (Ultratip Flanders)[9] 3
Belgium (Ultratip Wallonia)[10] 34
Canada (Canadian Hot 100)[11] 49
Netherlands (Dutch Top 40)[12] 31
Netherlands (Single Top 100)[13] 58
Japan (Japan Hot 100)[14] 32
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[15] 38
Scotland (Official Charts Company)[16] 48
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[17] 74
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[18] 57
UK Rock and Metal (Official Charts Company)[19] 1
US Billboard Hot 100[20] 83
US Hot Rock Songs (Billboard)[21] 1
US Alternative Songs (Billboard)[22] 1
US Mainstream Rock (Billboard)[23] 1

Awards[edit]

Year Award Results
2011 MTV Award for Best Rock Video Won
2012 Grammy Award for Best Rock Performance Won
2012 Grammy Award for Best Rock Song Won

References[edit]

  1. ^ "【動画】フー・ファイターズが新作アルバムや自伝映画を語る! - ミュージックニュースチャンネル - RealPlayer". Retrieved June 7, 2011. 
  2. ^ "Foo Fighters. Walk. - YouTube". YouTube. 2 June 2011. Retrieved 20 April 2016. 
  3. ^ "Music Video News: WATCH IT: Foo Fighters "Walk" (Sam Jones, dir.)". Video Static. Retrieved 2011-06-08. 
  4. ^ "Foo Fighters Parody 'Falling Down' in 'Walk'". Rolling Stone. 3 June 2011. Retrieved 20 April 2016. 
  5. ^ Ditzian, Eric (2011-08-28). "Foo Fighters Win, Defend Rock Music At VMAs - Music, Celebrity, Artist News". MTV. Retrieved 2012-03-13. 
  6. ^ "Pandora Archive" (PDF). Pandora.nla.gov.au. 2011-07-25. Retrieved 2014-10-28. 
  7. ^ "Austriancharts.at – Foo Fighters – Walk" (in German). Ö3 Austria Top 40.
  8. ^ "Ultratop.be – Foo Fighters – Walk" (in Dutch). Ultratop 50.
  9. ^ "Ultratop.be – Foo Fighters – Walk" (in Dutch). Ultratip.
  10. ^ "Ultratop.be – Foo Fighters – Walk" (in French). Ultratip.
  11. ^ "Foo Fighters – Chart history" Canadian Hot 100 for Foo Fighters.
  12. ^ "Nederlandse Top 40 – Foo Fighters search results" (in Dutch) Dutch Top 40.
  13. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – Foo Fighters – Walk" (in Dutch). Single Top 100.
  14. ^ "Foo Fighters – Chart history" Japan Hot 100 for Foo Fighters.
  15. ^ "Charts.org.nz – Foo Fighters – Walk". Top 40 Singles.
  16. ^ Official Scottish Singles Chart Top 100 - 26 June 2011 - 02 July 2011 officialcharts.com. Retrieved October 9, 2015.
  17. ^ "Swisscharts.com – Foo Fighters – Walk". Swiss Singles Chart.
  18. ^ "Foo Fighters: Artist Chart History" Official Charts Company.
  19. ^ "Archive Chart: 2011-06-19" UK Rock Chart. Retrieved September 14, 2015.
  20. ^ "Foo Fighters – Chart history" Billboard Hot 100 for Foo Fighters.
  21. ^ "Foo Fighters – Chart history" Billboard Hot Rock Songs for Foo Fighters.
  22. ^ "Foo Fighters – Chart history" Billboard Alternative Songs for Foo Fighters.
  23. ^ "Foo Fighters – Chart history" Billboard Mainstream Rock Songs for Foo Fighters.

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